The Reckoning

By William F. Jr. Buckley
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151006793, 384pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2002

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Nuremberg's Palace of Justice, 1945:
the scene of a trial without precedent in history, a trial that continues to haunt the modern world. Leading the reader into the Palace is Sebastian, a young German-American whose fate is to be intimately involved with the lives and deaths of others: the father who disappeared mysteriously, the ancestors whose stories become vitally relevant, and some of the towering figures of twentieth-century legal history, including Justice Robert Jackson, Albert Speer, Hermann Goering, and the dark, untried shadow of Adolf Hitler. In a gripping account of warmakers who must face the consequences of their actions, Nuremberg: The Reckoning flows through Warsaw, Berlin, Lodz, Munich, Hamburg, and finally Nuremberg, as Sebastian, an interpreter-interrogator, comes to terms with his family legacy and his national identity. With his customary authority and audacity, William F. Buckley Jr. has taken a pivotal moment in history and shaped it into absorbing and original fiction. The result is a riveting novel of insight and deep understanding exploring the characters and issues that made history.

About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of the National Review and was the host of what was television's longest-running program, Firing Line. The author of thirteen other novels, many of them bestsellers, he lives in Connecticut.

Praise For Nuremberg


"The ultimate in spy novels--with real characters and studied speculation on certain events by Buckley, who met many of the key players--this is a tense, heroic tale of a real Cold War legend."--The New York Daily News
"Spytime is a quiet-time read for those who like their espionage erudite and their intelligence intelligent."--USA Today

PRAISE FOR William F. Buckley Jr.'s Blackford Oakes novels:
"Mr. Buckley's prose surpasses its usual self in wit and elegance. The Oakes-Guevara debates are lively, and through them Guevara develops into a surprisingly rich and at times sympathetic character."--The New York Times
"Well-paced entertainment."--Time
"Once again, Buckley writes an intriguing entertainment; serious political issues of the Cold War fuel the adventure, yet that earnestness is leavened with high good humor."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"The suspense is keen and complicated."--The Wall Street Journal
"It's a tribute to Buckley's storytelling abilities that our interest never flags even though history has told us how the story will end."--Newsday

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